A state-of-the-art critical care unit that will help tackle a shortage within the Mid Trent Critical Care Network has been officially opened at a private Nottinghamshire hospital.
The four-bed unit is part of a £9m development scheme that will also see the introduction of new operating theatres at BMI Healthcare’s The Park Hospital, in Arnold’s Burnstump County Park.
The unit also contains an isolation cubical and an ambient line lighting system specifically designed to aid recovery in patients.
The opening ceremony was conducted by John Von Klemperer, Managing Director of Hospital Operations at BMI Healthcare.
Critical Care Unit manager Jenny Holmes explained there was currently a shortage of critical care beds within the Mid Trent Critical Care Network and that The Park plans to work alongside the NHS so that the new facility will be of benefit to the entire region.
She said: “BMI The Park has benefited from the support of the network for over ten years and are now proud to be in the position to repay this support should the need arise.”.
Consultant critical care advisor Iain Farqhar said: “This new unit really does put BMI The Park at the cutting edge of critical care provision.
“It ensures a safe environment is available to those patients requiring a higher level of care than was initially planned following their surgery as well as providing for the emergencies that can occur at any acute hospital.”
Regarding the lighting system, Jenny explained: “In the absence of significant natural daylight, the ambient line lighting creates the natural cycle of day to night which aids the recovery process by increasing the wellbeing of patients.
“The ambient line sail provides the personal touch for increased patient comfort while soothing colours provide a relaxing atmosphere reducing stress and anxiety.”